Do you need urgent assistance?
If you are currently experiencing or at risk of homelessness, call the Victorian Statewide Homelessness Line on 1800 825 955 (free call, open 24/7) to be connected with an Access Point in your area.
Women experiencing family violence can call Safe Steps on 1800 015 188 (free call, open 24/7) and speak confidentially to another woman for information on family violence support services, legal rights and accommodation options.
If you have been threatened or you are fearful for yourself, a child or a family member – call 000.
Initial Assessment and Planning (IAP) Service
Unison’s Initial Assessment and Planning (IAP) service is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to deliver services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Cities of Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley, Hobson’s Bay, Wyndham and Melbourne (except the CBD). Our IAP service is one of the primary access points in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne.
The IAP service provides assessment, referral, advocacy and financial assistance to help people access:
- Crisis and transitional housing
- Support services
- Private rental
- Public housing
- Community housing
How can I get assistance from the IAP service?
You can access your nearest IAP entry point for an assessment by calling 1800 825 955. Our service is funded to provide assistance to people in the areas of Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong, Hobsons Bay, Wyndham, and the north and the western areas of the City of Melbourne. We recommend you contact the IAP service in the area you are living, however all efforts will be made to provide assistance even if you are from outside these areas.
Alternatively, you can drop into our Seddon office at 112-122 Victoria Street or phone 03 9689 2777, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays).
People from the Wyndham region can drop into our service at Level 1, 1-13 Watton Street in Werribee or phone 03 8744 2100, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays).
The aim of the transitional housing program is to provide safe and affordable short to medium term accommodation combined with support to assist people to begin to address any issues that may have contributed to their situation; and work towards re-establishing secure housing as soon as possible.
The housing is provided by DHHS and managed by Unison in partnership with a wide range of support agencies.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Transitional housing is for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. You must be at least 16 years of age, and on a low income to access transitional housing. Income limits are set by DHHS and can be viewed here: http://www.housing.vic.gov.au/social-housing-income-and-asset-limits
This program is accessed through the IAP entry point. Eligibility and prioritisation is based on an assessment of needs and available resourcing. If you have any questions regarding accessing transitional housing, eligibility, or nominating agencies and support, please call 1800 825 955.
Financial Assistance with the Housing Establishment Funds (HEF)
The IAP service has limited Housing Establishment Funds (HEF) to assist people on low incomes to establish or secure accommodation. HEF is subject to an eligibility assessment and is generally provided as a one off grant.
Eligibility and How to Apply
This program is accessed through the IAP entry point. Eligibility and prioritisation is based on an assessment of needs and available resourcing. If you have any questions regarding accessing HEF, please call 1800 825 955.
Private Rental Access Program (PRAP)
Unison is funded byDHHS to deliver a Private Rental Access Program (PRAP) in the Cities of Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley, Hobson’s Bay, Wyndham and Melbourne (except the CBD).
The PRAP program supports people to secure or maintain private rental accommodation through information, advocacy and outreach support. Limited brokerage assistance is available for rent/and or bond and, in some cases rental arrears. This is achieved through developing relationships with Real Estate Agents and distributing flexible packages of financial assistance.
The Private Rental Access Program also has a focus on preventing eviction from private rental in the catchment.
For further information, and assistance, please contact our PRAP team on (03) 9396 1667. The private rental access worker can be accessed via the IAP team.